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The Places I Go: Haile Gebrselassie

The world record– holding marathoner loves a quick 26.2-mile tour of new york city

Author Sarah Barker Photography Jason Bell/Camera Press/Retna LTD

Image – Jason Bell/Camera Press/Retna LTD.

“When I travel for a marathon, I stay close to my hotel to save my strength for the race. But I always make time to go to Central Park-it’s so beautiful with the trees and gardens. It’s wonderful to have that kind of place in the middle of such a big city. Of course, those beautiful hills are quite difficult at the end of the race, but by then I know I’m almost finished.

“For a little more action, I go to Times Square. I like to stop by all those little souvenir shops where there are so many symbols of the United States, like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. I always pick up some shirts and caps for my wife and kids-I can’t go home empty-handed!”

Haile Gebrselassie is running the ING New York City Marathon on November 7.

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